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Seems the recent blights that RIM have been having, hasn’t seemed to stop companies from making some rather interesting phones. This Blackberry Bold 9980, aka “KNIGHT”, Designed by the enigmatic Porsche Designs.

Hate it or love it is pretty innovative, striking yes, pretty is debatable.

RIM has sent out this invite below in launching this new device.

via Crackberry

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The Blackberry Playbook won a Stevie Award last month, in the catagory of New Product or Service of the Year – Hardware. Congratulations RIM!

With categories including Computer Services, Software, and Consumer Products, the Stevie Awards were created to honor and generate public recognition of the achievements and positive contributions of organizations and business people worldwide. For a complete list of categories and winners, you can check out


The BlackBerry PlayBook tablet in action

The BlackBerry PlayBook tablet has been an exciting product to implement, and is beginning to be used in innovative ways. For example, check out how the Royal Bank of Scotland is leveraging the solution to access to global research and strategy information.

Here are a few of our favorite BlackBerry PlayBook tablet features:

1. Multitasking

Running multiple applications and media, as well as switching seamlessly between them, has never been easier. Not only is the multitasking functionality present in the BlackBerry PlayBook tablet, it is also intuitive to use.

2. Adobe® Flash™

I’ve waited a long time for a mobile device that fully supports Adobe Flash in the browser; there were always a few sites that I just couldn’t access on the go due to this often missing feature. (Okay, I admit that I’m an occasional fan of Adobe Flash games too!)

3. HDMI Cable to TV

This is where it gets even more functional and fun – not only can I hook up my BlackBerry PlayBook tablet to a screen to present a slideshow (or to play Need for Speed™ Undercover), it’s in full high definition.

4. BlackBerry® Bridge™

The BlackBerry PlayBook tablet integrates with my email information right away when I hook up the BlackBerry Bridge application with my BlackBerry smartphone – it even integrates past messages!

5. BlackBerry PlayBook tablet apps

There’s nothing like filling up your new mobile device with applications from the BlackBerry App World™ storefront. It still amazes me to see full-screen BlackBerry platform applications running on the BlackBerry PlayBook tablet on its high resolution. Apps will always be one of my favorite features, and it’s a feature that keeps getting better and better as more apps are constantly being released.


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Awhile ago RIM, held a sponsored project held at the Art Center College of Design, designers Kiki Tang and Daniel Yoon, had to incorporate an interface that integrates human emotions with the concept of social networking. The result was a kinetic phone that could express how you’re feeling using a biometric ring. The ring is worn by the user and feeds information or as they put it “emotional data” to the phone.

Spec-wise it features a transparent OLED screen that becomes transparent when not in use and opaque during interaction. The front is all touch surface, while on the back there is a physical keyboard.

As Daniel describes the interface:

“It is of course touch based and all the user’s connections are shown graphically so you can see who is connected to whom. Each contact has an avatar that is encompassed by two colored rings. The inner colored ring shows the contact’s previous emotional state, and the outer ring represents the contact’s current emotional state. It is important to show the shift in emotions in order to see how an event has affected that contact.

Another important feature that we felt was important was the “Emotional Health Chart”. This chart would monitor the user’s emotional health through an indefinite period of time. One would be able to see how a certain event, or phone call/ message has affected the user. Obviously, if the chart shows someone is always upset, there would be a problem… If permitted, a user would be able to view other user’s charts as well.”

As cool a design and as innovative as this phone concept is the interface is something worth looking into if RIM plans to stay in the game. Innovation and experimentation should help them in designing software (new software – not just continuous updates) and hardware. We need Blackberry to be the forward thinkers that they used to be. And this phone as old as the concept is shows how innovative they can be. Just a thought.

Designers: Kiki Tang & Daniel Yoon

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“Research In Motion is said to be readying the messaging client for Android and iOS devices for release.”

Now there’s some groundbreaking news. RIM is said to be expanding the their instant messaging platform to include Goodle Android and Apples iOS. The release (if it happens) is said to be implemented later this year. Where Android is a definite, where iOS is still speculated.

“According to multiple sources close to Boy Genius Report (BGR), an Android version “is definitely a go” with an iOS counterpart also on the horizon.”

RIM’s policy is to decline and squash rumors, however as many rumors from Boy Genuis Report are pretty reliable.

For now BBM will be a striped out, lite version on other platforms. Reserving the right for media swopping on blackberries.

Whether or not this application will be free or have a price tag is yet to be seen. But BGR believes it to be free. One avenue could be the lite version of BBM will be free where the full client will be a paid option.

“This could pan out to be a good move for RIM, providing a platform-agnostic service for mobile users. And instead of having zero presence on Android and iOS, it could come in and dominate a market it helped to establish.

The BlackBerry Messenger has been around for a longer time and carries more weight than competitors such as Kik and WhatsApp. With both of these apps already amassing more than 1 million Android downloads each, RIM could potentially be looking at millions of its own”

Give us your thoughts. We would love to hear them. Which operating system do you use?

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